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    05-04-2013, 04:07 AM
Seedy toe

Hi all

Got a message from Brock's new owner last night. She mentioned that the farrier came out last week to treat a crack in his hoof and suspected that he might have a bit of seedy toe, but not severe (yet). He cut away the crumbly bit of wall and advised her to soak the hoof in copper sulphate solution every few days and to keep cleaning the crack and applying petroleum jelly. The vet is coming out next week to treat a bit of Queensland itch (midge bite reaction) that he's got, and she's going to speak with him about the seedy toe too. She was keen to get my opinion.

To me that sounds like a good plan given that the seedy toe isn't too bad at the moment, but I've not had any first hand experience of it. All I really know is it likes the dark and dirt so keeping it clean and allowing the light in is important. Do any of the hoof gurus here have any other advice?

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    05-05-2013, 08:01 PM
I have dealt with seedy toe before and the last thing I would do in use petroleum jelly. It seems to me that it would trap moisture and promote bacterial growth. I had the best luck by digging out the infected area and then soaking in a mix of water and lysol. I then applied Pete Ramey's goo. It is a mix of triple anitbiotic cream and athletes foot cream. Both you can get very cheaply in a generic brand. If the seedy toe is deep and worse then originally thought, I would then recommend White Lightning.
    05-05-2013, 10:06 PM
Thanks, RBR!
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    05-06-2013, 05:43 AM
Yes, if there was 'crumbly stuff' then the horse has seedy - that's the dead stuff left after the infection has eaten it out. Good that the farrier cut it out. CS can be an effective treatment, but wouldn't be using petroleum jelly or anything else to plug it up. The infections that cause seedy are anaerobic so that will just give it a better environment to party in. If you have trouble keeping gluppity glup out, beeswax is a bit of an exception to the rule, as it forms a mild peroxide as it breaks down, oxidating the area. It still mustn't be left in there for long periods though.

I've found straight t-tree or eucalyptus oil to be reasonably effective. But I'll tell you to look into a new(last year) Australian prod called 'Black Healer'(Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre Home Page for mail order if nowhere near you stocks). It is (tried & tested in difficult situations) really effective stuff!

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